Buffalo Trace Distillery To Start Tours July 1st

We have some fantastic news for all the bourbon lovers out there. Buffalo Trace will start to welcome guests back to the National Historic Landmark Distillery on July 1st. Visitors can expect to experience the same rich history and to see the oldest continually operating Distillery in action, but with new measures per CDC guidelines and government recommendations.

Guests will be required to register for a tour or event in advance of their visit for the Distillery to manage their trip following social distancing recommendations. The Distillery grounds and playground will only be available to guests who have registered and checked-in, including the usage of the grounds for photography.

Arriving guests will need to check-in, where their individual contact information will be taken down in the event contact tracing needs to be performed, and have their temperature taken. Guests will also be required to wear a face mask, and for anyone who forgets theirs, one will be provided. Visitors can take comfort in knowing that all employees at the Distillery will be wearing face masks and have had their temperatures taken upon entrance.

Tours and events will be kept to small, comfortable groups to allow for social distancing, and protective shields have been installed at the bars and cash registers. Gift Shop capacity will also be limited to allow for safe, enjoyable shopping experiences.

To make social distancing a little easier, Buffalo Trace will be reopening with a newly expanded Visitor Center, which triples the size of the original Visitor Center, and will allow ample space and comfort for guests exploring the Gift Shop or tasting in the new expansive tasting rooms. All tours and tastings remain complimentary.

Tasting with Freddie at Buffalo Trace
A tasting at Buffalo Trace Distillery with Freddie Johnson

“We are taking every step we can to address the health, safety and comfort of our guests to ensure the best experience possible,” Homeplace Development Director Meredith Moody said. “Our goal is to create a safe haven for all visitors while providing the same rich history and experiences for which we’re known. We can’t wait to reopen to the public and show guests our expanded Visitor Center and tasting rooms.”

Operating hours for Buffalo Trace Distillery will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Registrations for the Trace Tour, Old Taylor Tour, Bourbon Barrel Tour, and Expansion Tour can be made at https://tours.buffalotracedistillery.com/. Curbside sales will also continue. To place an order, visit https://buffalotracegiftshop.com/.

A complete list of new safety procedures, along with information about enacted sanitation measures and protective equipment in use, can be found here. Full details about what to expect will be provided to guests upon registration.

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